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FDP Forum / The Squier Forum / Squire Jag won't stay in tune



Mar 24th, 2018 07:24 PM   Edit   Profile  

Hi all,

A year ago I bought a VM Squire Jag, which would never stay in tune. One problem was the bridge, so I got a Mastery bridge, which helped, however it still would go out of tune when played, even though it was tuned perfectly. It also when out of tune when using a capo. I brought it back to Guitar Center (still under warranty) and they said it was the nut. They "fixed" the nut, and now there's buzzing in the strings. They determined it was a problem with the neck. Fender replaced the entire guitar, and GC put the Mastery bridge on the new guitar, and set the intonation and action and so on. Now, I'm now back to square one, with the guitar not staying in tune. It's now sitting at a local mom and pop music store waiting to get looked at. I'm thinking I should stop spending money on it and ditch it. What do you guys think?

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Mar 24th, 2018 08:32 PM   Edit   Profile  

The Mastery bridges don't fix a problem when there's something else off.

If two have caused this problem, I'd look at something else - do you have the right radius Mastery (since you already threw that on before checking the rest). Are you following best practices for vintage tuner stringing? Have you tried different strings? Etc.

I have almost the full line of VM offsets - they're solid enough (with stock bridges on everything but an early Mustang, which has a proper Mustang bridge now) to be used with guitar synth pickups for both tuning and intonation. Stock tuners, never sent one back, etc.

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Mar 24th, 2018 09:45 PM   Edit   Profile  

The other thing to do is lube the nut and bridge.

All guitars that have a vibrato bridge benefit from this.

You don't need to spend extra $$ for Bob's Super Guitar Lube. You can use any lube you have around the house. 3-in-One works great. Double-D 40 does not.

Apply the lube with the guitar tuned up: use the point of a toothpick to place a teensy dab (less than a drop) of oil atop each string in its nut slot. Do the same at the bridge. Less oil is better than too much. The oil will find its way into the slots and under the strings just by playing and tuning the strings.

If you're a firearms guy, gun oil (Hoppe's, etc.) is perfect for this stuff.

Don't apply any lube to the tuning posts where the strings wrap around.

If you can get to the vibrato's pivot points, apply a dab of oil there too.

If your lube is an aerosol, squirt some into a little cup and use the toothpick. Don't go blasting your guitar with goo.

It will blow your mind how much of an improvement this makes. Do this at every string change and you should be good to go.

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